1st New Jersey Light Artillery, 2nd Battery (B)

   

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Note: The orders of battle in the Official Records routinely refer to this unit as the 1st New Jersey Light, Battery B.  However, there was no 1st New Jersey Light Artillery regiment.  Instead, New Jersey produced five batteries of light artillery during the Civil War.  Interestingly, the battery’s first history refers to the unit as Battery B, First New Jersey Artillery.  Further research is needed.  For now, I’m including the “1st” at the front of the name because the unit was popularly referred to in this manner.

Muster In: September 3, 18611
Muster Out: June 16, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain A. Judson Clark
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Lieutenant Edward P. Clark
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

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  • Weapons: 6 x 12-lb. Napoleons (March 31, 1864)5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (July 31, 1864)11
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army12,13

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (August 31, 1864)14
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army16

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (December 31, 1864)17
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army18

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (December 31, 1864)19
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20,21

  • Commander:
    • Captain A. Judson Clark (January 31, 1865)22
    • Lieutenant Edward P. Clark (February 28, 1865)23
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army24,25

  • Commander: Captain A. Judson Clark (March 31, 1865)26
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles27:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of the James River August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains August 14-18.
  • Russell’s Mills August 18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Watkins’ House March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Hatcher’s Run March 29-31.
  • Boydton Road, Fall of Petersburg, April 2.
  • Sutherland Station April 2.
  • Sailor’s Creek April 6, Farmville April 6-7.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 222
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    5. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 2nd Battery New Jersey Light Artillery Entry, Page 141; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 1); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.: Not many returns exist for June 30, 1864, and none exist past that, so I’ve made the decision to include the March 31, 1864 ordnance return data in the absence of better information.  I’ll add more immediate reports of tube numbers and types as they are found.
    6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 222
    7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 254
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 731
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 731
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 614: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 119: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 614: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    15. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1299.
    16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 460: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1117: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1117: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), p. 1117
    20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 327: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 741: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 327: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 741: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 568: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 584: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 568: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    27. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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